If the students, parents, and teachers are to facilitate a truly motivational learning environment, they need the best tools for the job. This includes the best pen tablets for online teaching in 2020. With that in mind, we’re going to present some of our best picks right here!
Before we kick things off, though, we have to say that the Wacom One has thoroughly impressed us as the best gadget out there. But, although you can’t really go wrong with this amazing gizmo, it may not be your ideal pick, so do read on!
Diving in, there are plenty of pen tablets available for online teachers and tutors today; though some are better suited for the task than others. In our opinion, some of the best are:
Our first pick here is the Wacom CTL4100 Intuos Graphics drawing tablet. If you’re looking for some of the best pen tablets for online teaching in 2020, this is definitely an entry-level model that will suit your purposes well.
First of all, it’s great for math and physics tutors because its surface is divided into equally distanced dots; meaning spatial orientation is much easier right from the beginning.
The accent on ease of use is also visible from the four programmable shortcut keys on the top of the tablet. Based on your needs, you can easily program the functions you need in specific software solutions onto the tablet shortcuts.
While the drawing tablet is definitely highly usable, these shortcuts are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they do make some things easier to do; but on the other, they take up almost a quarter of the tablet’s surface.
- Well-divided space
- Shortcuts take up too much of the space
Up next, we’ve got the H610 Pro V2; another low-budget model that will do a good job for any online teaching purposes.
The first thing that separates this tablet from the rest is its practicality; it’s lightweight, so you can easily carry it around and use it anywhere you want on the go. Also, unlike the previous low-budget model that we’ve reviewed — it’s got more than a generous surface area for drawing.
The accent is on adaptability here, as the tablet allows for two different drawing modes: PC and phone. In the latter one, the drawing space is reduced to phone-friendly resolutions. This is great for students that follow their courses on phones instead of laptops.
Also, the shortcut buttons here are small enough to be used without taking up too much space. Unfortunately, though — the tablet isn’t compatible with iOS devices, which is a big downside in areas where most children use iPhones instead of Android smartphones.
- Unintrusive shortcuts
- Compatible with phones
- Not compatible with iOS phones or laptops.
As you probably know as an online tutor, the peripherals needed to do the job comfortably and successfully may not be too expensive when viewed separately; but it can all add up to a hefty sum that you need to invest. That’s why we’ve presented a couple of options that let you save money — such as the XP-Pen G430S OSU Tablet.
This is pretty much the most affordable tablet on this list — it’s quite a bargain, going for as low as $20 in some online stores. And for that kind of price, it’s actually quite usable.
The most common problem with low-budget drawing tablets in this price range is their lag and sensitivity; many of them just aren’t responsive enough for detailed work. In this regard, the XP-Pen G430S does not disappoint. However, there are certain trade-offs that you’ll have to make in order to justify the low price.
The main issue is that the tablet doesn’t work out of the box with all laptops and computers. Especially on iOS devices, you will have to go to the trouble of downloading software and drivers from the manufacturer’s website manually.
- Quite a bargain
- Decent responsiveness
- Issues with drivers
In general, Wacom is known as a manufacturer of decent mid and low-range drawing tablets for beginner artists and other hobbyists; many of their products make their way on lists of the best pen tablets for online teaching in 2020 as well.
Compared to the first Intuos model that we’ve reviewed, One is a more affordable; but somewhat less high-quality option. Though, that’s not to say that it doesn’t perform admirably for your basic needs. The HDMI display works just fine, and the matte surface definitely works as a decent texture for constant use.
However, there are also some downsides to this model. First of all, it contains no physical hotkey buttons; making it less practical than some of its competitors in a similar price range. Also, the pen’s responsiveness leaves something to be desired.
- Extremely affordable
- Large drawing space
- Less responsive pen
- No shortcut keys
We have to say that we don’t understand the logic Wacom went by while they were naming the models in this product range. The Wacom One digital drawing tablet is their most expensive offering; a flagship model, not to be confused with the “One by Wacom” tablet we’ve already reviewed above. The latter is a far more affordable, and thus lower-range model.
However, when it comes to the Wacom One — we have to say that it’s one of the best pen tablets for online teaching in 2020 available on the market. First of all, it works straight out of the box; you won’t need to fiddle around with any drivers on your own.
The matte finish of the One’s screen definitely helps when you need tactile feedback from your pen. And it has all the features of the previous Wacom models, but with better manufacturing. The only downside we see here is that the screen isn’t an actual touchscreen; you won’t be able to interact with it if you’re not using the stylus pen.
- Best manufacturing quality out of Wacom
- Matte finish
- Not usable without a pen
- $400 price tag
The Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet is a model for people who find the biggest downside of the One model to be a dealbreaker; with this pen tablet, you can also use your fingers to achieve the desired effect. This is something most of the lower-grade graphics tablets can’t do; especially in this price range, so this is definitely a game-changer.
While the touchscreen feature is useful for obvious reasons, it does bring its share of downsides. Namely, the fact that the working area is large if we consider traditional touchscreen tablets; but somewhat lacking compared to other pen tablets on this list. Also, the pen’s sensitivity is decent but worse than other pen-only models from Wacom.
- Touchscreen capabilities
- Small screen size
The last choice on our list is definitely the most expensive one — but it certainly counts among the best pen tablets for online teaching in 2020. Now, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the company’s flagship tablet product — and one that basically tries to do it all. This tablet can serve as a low-range laptop as well; though it’s quite useful as a pen tablet as well.
Of course, the main issue with the Microsoft Surface Pro models is that they try to do everything — and achieve moderate results in all fields as a consequence. It’s not the most precise pen tablet on this list, but it is the most versatile.
- Can serve as a tablet and a laptop
- Windows OS
- Less precise than some models
Now that we’ve taken a look at enough models, which are the best pen tablets for online teaching in 2020? If you’ve got the money to spare and want to get a low-range laptop in the same device, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is not a bad option. However, among dedicated pen tablets, we’d have to say that the Wacom One is the best choice. And that wraps things up. We hope you enjoyed the article and that you feel more confident about making the big purchase. Stay safe!